Penned by Chris Anderson a digital lifetime ago, "the theory of the Long Tail is that our culture and economy is increasingly shifting away from a focus on mainstream products and markets at the head of the demand curve and toward a huge number of niches in the tail."
I first wrote about Anderson's theory and the emergence of cloud computing in a 2009 blog post. The aggregate sum of computing resources that existed outside the mainstream operators of cloud computing, I reasoned, could very well be larger and more precisely matched to the needs of applications than could be possible with the single dominant player in the market.
The concept, however, would be missing a key ingredient: The sharing economy. From ride sharing companies like Uber to cryptocurrency models like Ethereum, the digital economy is quickly shifting from something that looked like a hub and spoke to something that looks more like a mesh.
The world is moving away from aggregation; it is becoming distributed.
The future of computing will look more like an internet of compute rather than a collection of proprietary cloud providers.
EDJX has emerged as the antithesis of compute singularity. It is a network of compute, comprised of heterogeneous operators; necessary compute capacity, precisely matched to application needs, and existing only when and where it is needed, when it is needed.
Yes, the community is about to become the cloud.